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Marie A. Smith, PharmD, FNAP

Assistant Dean and Professor,
University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy

Marie Smith is the Henry A. Palmer Endowed Professorship of Community Pharmacy Practice and Assistant Dean for Practice and Public Policy Partnerships at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. In 2013, she served as Senior Adviser to the CMS Innovation Center in Baltimore, MD, to develop a national strategy and implementation plan to integrate comprehensive medication management services in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative.

Dr. Smith works with multiple, state-level and national health care reform policymakers and stakeholders to address health care reform issues that involve medication management programs, patient safety, performance measures, health information technology, and integration of clinical pharmacists in advanced primary care practices (workforce development).

Earlier in her career, she co-directed a progressive, primary care safety net clinic in Memphis TN using a collaborative practice model with internal medicine physicians and nurse practitioners.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Medical College of Virginia Schools of Pharmacy, and completed a hospital pharmacy residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. In addition, she completed a Fellowship in Change Management at Johns Hopkins University and post-graduate work in global leadership executive education at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and INSEAD (France).

In 2010, Dr. Smith was elected a Distinguished Pharmacy Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice; her work has received the 2010 CT Business Group on Health Innovation Award, the 2011 ASHP Foundation Drug Literature Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice, and the 2012 APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award for medication use, safety, and improved patient outcomes.